We recently had the honor of putting four of Silicon Valley’s top executive administrators up on the big screen where they belong at Silicon Valley’s first ever Admin Awards. The event was amazing –– kind of like the Academy Awards for this often unheralded group, so we were very happy to create the videos for it.
I loved interviewing the admins and getting to know them, but I think my favorite part of making the videos was hearing their bosses and colleagues talk about them. These were some of the most powerful leaders in the Valley and included John Chambers, Doug Britt, Jeanette Colandra and Laurent Philonenko. To see the reverence, respect and emotion they showed was so moving. None of them could imagine, or even wanted to imagine, a world without their admin.
I invite you to watch these four short stories on Debbie Gross, CC Wolfolk, Elizabeth Orlin and Suzan Webb, and feel just how inspiring they are. Then, if you have an admin working with you, take a moment to think about how much he or she brings to you and your organization.
At Backstories we love telling stories about heroes. We’ve found time and time again that for even the most complicated initiative or strategy, or even the hairiest mess of data, telling it through a hero makes it easier for stakeholders to understand and become inspired.
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